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Doctor insights on: Disuse Such As That Caused By Paralysis

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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Cervical osteoarthritis is caused by aging or can it be caused by other things?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Cervical osteoarthritis is caused by aging or can it be caused by other things?

Yes & yes, but . . .: Yes, arthritis of neck can be due to wear & tear brought about by aging. And it can also be brought about by injuries sustained during aging process. But 28yo seems like a pretty young age to be worried about aging and concomitant issues, unless you're a retired football player or someone else who's sustained repetitive trauma to neck. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

Cord inflammation: Myelitis, usually called transverse myelitis, is an inflammation of the spinal cord. The cause is not known but may be the body's response, called an autoimmune response, to a viral infection, or other conditions such as mycoplasma pneumonia. Some people have multiple sclerosis. Many people have some leftovers from the myelitis such as pain, spasms, or possibly a degree of weakness or paralysis. ...Read more

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Can motor nuropathy be caused by a virus?

Can motor nuropathy be caused by a virus?

Yes but maybe no: Several viruses are associated with motor loss but not always a direct effect. Herpes zoster occasionally causes motor loss but only to a few dermatomes guillian barre is often preceded by a virus infection but is itself auto immune. Poliomyelitis and west nile virus affect brain and spinal cord a recent study felt that motor neuropathy was not caused by viral infection. ...Read more

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Can someone as young as 20 be affected by alzheimer's?

Can someone as young as 20 be affected by alzheimer's?

Not likely: Unless you have in your family several members who developed alzheimer's disease in an early age, it is unlikely that you would get it. If you do, then there may be a bad gene in you family members that can cause early development of alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Can the brain atrophy caused by b-12 deficiency be reversed?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Can the brain atrophy caused by b-12 deficiency be reversed?

Sometimes: When B12 deficiency is treated with B12 (also known as cobalamin), all hematologic symptoms (i.e. Anemia) should reverse and neurological symptoms usually start improving after 3 months with maximal improvement at 6-12 months. For unknown reasons though, sometimes the neurological symptoms persist and even progress even after cobalamin treatment. ...Read more

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Can avascular necrosis of the shoulders be caused by a work related strain?

Can avascular necrosis of the shoulders be caused by a work related strain?

No: Avascular necrosis can be associated with trauma, if the blood supply to the bone is interrupted by injury. Most of the time, the cause is unknown. Certain diseases such as sickle cell anemia or alcoholism have higher rates of avascular necrosis. It is not associated with strain or sprain type injuries. Steroid use is also a cause of avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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Can some mental or memory problems be caused by malnutrition?

Can some mental or memory problems be caused by malnutrition?

Yes: Yes but only in rare and severe cases. Vitamin deficiencies especially B12 and Folic Acid are said to be involved i'm memory processing, however they are needed as trace elements and only occur in malabsorption syndromes, after certain bowel surgeries etc. ...Read more

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Is memory loss from dementia caused by multiple mini strokes different from the type caused by alzheimer's? In what way?

Is memory loss from dementia caused by multiple mini strokes different from the type caused by alzheimer's? In what way?

Pattern different: "vascular dementia" is associated with heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, is rather abrupt, stepwise, and associated with some focal outcomes. The cognitive exam is perhaps similar to alzheimer;s, but abrupt changes not seen in alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Can chronic constopation be caused by polio where the muscles and nerves are weakened?

Can chronic constopation be caused by polio where the muscles and nerves are weakened?

Unlikely: Polio, in its day, affected the anterior horn cell in the spinal cord, and not autonomic functions of bladder or bowel. Although , a chronic residua of polio might cause issues with aging, a change in bowel habits should not be attributed to polio unless no other answer is forthcoming. Since colon problems increase in frequency with aging, see a gastroenterologist and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it true that facial tics can be caused by tumors?

Is it true that facial tics can be caused by tumors?

They can.: Brain or neural tumors can cause tics - however they are not a common cause for them. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy be caused by lots of stress?

Can bell's palsy be caused by lots of stress?

Probably not: Although stress can exacerbate a number of neurological problems, it has not been identified as a cause of bell's palsy. Although not definitely proven, bell's palsy is thought to be caused by a viral infection. ...Read more

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Can ageusia be caused by lots of illnesses?

Can ageusia be caused by lots of illnesses?

Yes: Neurological disorders such as bell's palsy, familial dysautonomia, and multiple sclerosis cause similar problems. Disorders of the endocrine system, such as cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus, can cause similar problems. Ageusia can also be caused by medicinal side-effects from antirheumatic drugs such as penicillamine, antiproliferative drugs such as cisplatin, ace inhibito. ...Read more

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Can kienbock's disease be caused by repetitive injury, work related engaged in manual labor?

Can kienbock's disease be caused by repetitive injury, work related engaged in manual labor?

Keinbocks disease: Is from something called avascular necrosis, when the blood supply to the lunate diminished. The exact cause is not known. Other bones in the wrist can get a similar condition but there's no link between keinbocks and these other problems. What can happen is other bones can get arthritic during keinbocks due to a collapse in the structure of the lunate and it's effect on the forces on the wrist. ...Read more

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What cancers can be caused by endocrine disruptors, such as those found in chemicals in products?

What cancers can be caused by endocrine disruptors, such as those found in chemicals in products?

I don't believe it: If you believed most claims about "endocrine disruptors" in the environment as a cause of cancer, you'd be reading uncritically. Real science is utterly cutthroat and if a danger to humans could be proved, it would be by now. Most folks share my skepticism. The original paper in "Science" that got all the press was retracted as a fake. Don't let such fears make your life harder. ...Read more

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Can urinary incontinence be caused by decreased (improper) nerve function of the sacral nerve supply?

Can urinary incontinence be caused by decreased (improper) nerve function of the sacral nerve supply?

Yes: The nerve centers in the sacrum are very important for bladder function. One of the most important centers is at s3. Loss of s3 function can cause urge incontinence, bladder spasms, urinary retention or stress incontinence. ...Read more

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Why can a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

Why can  a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

See answer below: The short answer is that the brain sends commands down the cord to tell the muscles to move. If the cord is injured, the information cannot reach the muscles and the muscles, consequently do not move. ...Read more

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Can pituitary malfunction be caused by whiplash or other neck injuries? Can the malfunction cause chronic neck pain in and of itself?

No and yes: It cannot cause injuries by definition in terms of whiplash. However, it can lead to a variety of musculoskeletal presentations in terms of muscle pain or even fractures secondary to osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more